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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was imprisoned for fighting against the Nazi regime, wrote in a letter from prison:

It is “through the resurrection of Christ that a new and purifying wind can blow through our present world ...

If a few people really believed that and acted on it in their daily lives, a great deal would be changed. To live in the light of the resurrection — that is what Easter means.”

That wind of resurrection is blowing through our world — can you feel it?

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Listen

See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.

Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is.

1 John 3:1-2

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Think

As a minister, 1 John 3:2 is a passage that I read at almost every graveside service. As family members and friends gather at the grave to say goodbye to their loved one, we all listen to these words: “…it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is.” The author of 1 John comforts us with the hope that we will be like Christ; yet the writer plainly admits that there is much about life after death that we do not know. We know enough to have hope, but not much more.

The resurrection of Christ provides us that firm ground to stand on. We encounter many confusing and uncertain situations. But in the midst of uncertainty in life and in death, we know that we will be like Christ in his resurrection, and we will one day see him as he is in his resurrection.

Andrew Garnett

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Pray

God, I face much uncertainty today. I thank you for the comfort that, whatever I face in life and in death, I am becoming like Christ and will see him as he is. Amen.

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Go

As one who has been raised with Christ, go today to witness the resurrection of your own life.

Andrew Garnett

Andrew Garnett is the Minister for Serving Christ at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, visiting historical sites, and playing board games — and the more complicated the board game, the better!

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